To Catch a Pitcher
Copyright 1972 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.
Sound: RCA Sound Recording
Running Time: 20 minutes
First aired: September 16, 1972
Produced and Directed: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Associate Producer: Lew Marshall
Story Direction: Jim Carmichael, Jan Green, Earl Klein, Knick Knatz, Bill Perez, and Paul Sommer
Story: Sid Morse, Eddie Carroll, Jamie Farr, Willie Gilbert, Max Hodge, Mark Hammerman, Dennis Marx, Ray Parker, Henry Sharp, and Harry Winkler
Animation Director: Charles A. Nichols
Production Design: Iwao Takamoto
Production Supervisor: Victor O. Schipek
Layout: Jerry Eisenberg, Gary Hoffman, Jack Manning, Joel Seibel, Lin Larsen, Takashi Masunaga, and Tony Sgroi
Animation: Ed Love, Tony Love, Ron Campbell, Bill Hutton, and Bob Carr
Backgrounds: Walt Peregoy, Don Watson, Bill Butler, Marion Wallin, Daniella Bielecka, Cathy Patrick, Don Schweikert, and Bill McArdle
Titles: Iraj Paran
Technical Supervisor: Frank Paiker
Ink & Paint Supervisor: Jayne Barbera
Xerography: Robert “Tiger” West
Music Supervision: Don Kirshner
Sound Direction: Richard Olson and Bill Getty
Supervising Film Editor: Larry Cowan
Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
Post Production: Joed Eaton
Camera: Roy Wade, John C. Hall, Dick Blundell, and Norman Stainback
Keye Luke: Charlie Chan
Cynthia Adler: Voice
Gene Andrusco: Flip Chan
Jodie Foster: Anne Chan
Lisa Gerritsen: Various Characters
Johnny Gunn: Tom Chan
Bob Ito: Henry Chan
Beverly Kushida: Nancy Chan
Cherylene Lee: Suzi Chan/Mimi Chan
Don Messick: Chu-Chu
Michael Morgan: Scooter Chan
Hazel Shermet: Various Characters
Brian Tochi: Alan Chan
Janet Waldo: Various Characters
Len Weinrib: Stanley Chan
Ron Duarte: Lead vocals for the Chan Clan band (not credited)
Following a World Series game, the Chan boys seek the autograph of star player Boo Blew. However, they witness Blew’s kidnapping which sends the Chan Clan and their famous Pop into action.
Stanley briefly wears a Yogi Bear disguise, one of the major Hanna-Barbera stable of characters.
The contemporary cultural references made in To Catch a Pitcher, include:
Anne’s statement, “We women have our rights!” reflects the beginnings of the women’s movement.
The baseball star Boo Blew is a reference to then-Oakland Athletics all-star pitcher Vida Blue. In 1971, Blue won both the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards.
The name of the Nationals’ manager, Jo-Jo Maggio, was patterned after that of baseball Hall-of-Famer Joe DiMaggio.
CHARLIE CHAN’S APHORISM:
To borrow a baseball expression, “It’s my turn to bat.”